On Sunday, Romi Cohen, Gali Balelli and Adi Raanan will be laid to rest. The three young girls were killed on Thursday by a flash flood during a hike. The other seven victims were buried on Friday.
Tel Aviv, last night Photo Credit: Tomer Neuberg/Flash 90
The last three victims of the Tzafit River tragedy will be laid to rest on Sunday. The funeral of Romi Cohen began at 12:00 PM in Moshav Maor. Gali Balelli’s funeral will be held at 1:00 PM at the Nahalat Itzhak cemetery. Adi Raanan’s funeral will be held at 6:00 PM at Moshav Mikhmoret’s cemetery. The other seven victims were laid to rest on Friday, a day after they were killed by a flash flood in the Dead Sea area.
Thousands of Israelis gathered last night in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem for spontaneous candlelight vigils. Over the weekend, social media posts called on the public to light memorial candles and remember the victims. Dozens of buses from across the country brought Israelis to Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square for the massive vigil.
Meanwhile, the police investigation into the tragedy continues. The head of the Bnei Zion pre-military academy and one of the counselors remain in police custody on suspicions of negligent homicide.
As the relatives and friends of the victims continue to mourn the loss of their loved ones, the survivors are recalling the hike that was supposed to be a fun bonding event. “All of a sudden, we heard a loud noise behind us, rocks crashing against walls and loud booms,” Adiel Hassid told Hadashot news. “The medic yelled ‘flood’ and ‘everyone, get to higher ground,’ and everyone started to yell ‘flood, flood.’ I jumped onto a step and the second I turned around, I saw the girls being swept away in the current.”